Morgan Plus 8 Speedster Honors 100 Years of Production

Given that neither Morgan’s styling nor manufacturing complexity has changed much throughout its history, the British automaker is an anomaly in the automotive world. In order to honor a century of production at its Pickersleigh Road factory in Malvern, England, Morgan will build a limited-edition Plus 8 Speedster.

While the original Morgan Plus 8 came equipped with a Rover V-8 engine when it debuted as a 1968 model, the Plus 8 Speedster will continue to use a BMW V-8. The 4.8-liter unit makes 367 hp, routed to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or a ZF six-speed automatic. A modern aluminum chassis underpins the Plus 8 Speedster, while also helping keep weight to a minimum. Acceleration from 0-62 mph can be achieved in a brisk 4.2 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 148 mph.

Aesthetically, the Morgan Plus 8 Speedster follows the brand’s old-school flavor. Like the classic Morgan 4/4, the Speedster wears the same protruding headlights, half-oval grille with vertical slats, elongated hood, flowing wheel arches, and flared out rear end.

Consistent with Morgan’s tradition of customization for its classic-style roadsters, the Speedster will feature a vast array of options. Numerous exterior paint colors will be available, as well as either black or brown for the Speedster’s old-timey leather hood strap, wheel louvers for the front arches, and a rear roll bar. The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster will be sold with certain styling cues exclusive to the 2014 model, to best recognize the factory’s centennial.

Morgan will start building the Plus 8 Speedster—as always, by hand—this June, with delivery expected later in the summer. Pricing for the limited edition, V-8-powered roadster will begin at £69,995, or about $117,766.

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